Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth

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Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (May 31, 1893 – August 31, 1986) was an American author of fiction and poetry for children and adults. Her children's novel, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, won the 1931 Newbery Medal.


Elizabeth Coatsworth was born May 31, 1893, to Ida Reid and William T. Coatsworth, a prosperous grain merchant in Buffalo, New York. Coatsworth attended Buffalo ... more »

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Wise Sarah and the Elf

"Is there anything,"
asked the goblin,
"you would like for yourself?
Should you like a little pony
or a gold ring?"
asked the elf.
"Should you like a jewelled bird
or a pair of magic shoes?
I like your looks extremely,
and you have only to choose."

But Sarah, very wisely,
kept walking down the path.
She fixed her eyes upon the ferns,
she would not look to see
where step by step beside her
walked the little gentleman
with a feathered cap upon his head
and buckles at his knee.

But still his voice
came ...

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